Further Safety Information
"Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. Most who wander are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times for PLI clients average 30 minutes — 95% less time than standard operations." MCCRACKEN COUNTY RESIDENTS: Families on the Spectrum and the McCracken County Sheriff's Department have relaunched Project Lifesaver in the McCracken County area. This program is free of charge to qualifying McCracken County residents. However, due to the cost of batteries (changed every 6 weeks) and maintenance of program equipment, a $25 monthly donation to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department is strongly encouraged. Please note with your donation that funds should be used specifically for Project Lifesaver. Donations can be mailed to McCracken County Sheriff's Department, Attn: Det. Sarah Martin, 301 South 6th Street, Paducah KY 42003. If you have a loved on the spectrum in need of a tracking device, please contact Detective Sarah Martin at the McCracken County Sheriff's Department at (270) 444-4719 ext. 2511 to schedule an appointment. To learn more about PLI, please view the McCracken County Project Lifesaver brochure and videos from Project Lifesaver International below.
GRAVES COUNTY RESIDENTS: Contact the Graves County Sheriff's Department at (270) 247-4501 to enroll your loved one in Project Lifesaver.
*Special Note: To date, McCracken County and Graves County are the only counties in our area with Project Lifesaver. We are actively working to expand PLI to neighboring counties. Please check back often as we report new information.*
"The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or disorders.
The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome.
Working hand in hand with trained public safety agencies, Project Lifesaver International (PLI) will help you save time, money and most importantly, your loved ones."
EMERGENCY CONTACT FORM (McCracken County Residents)
In addition to Project Lifesaver, Families on the Spectrum has also launched a new
program that allows you to flag your loved one within the McCracken County emergency
management system. Flagging an individual/address/vehicle in the Computer-Aided
Dispatch (CAD) system allows law enforcement to not only be aware of the sensitive needs
of your loved on the spectrum but can also include information to help them locate an
individual if missing, take precautionary measures when approaching a vehicle or home,
and to learn more information about an individual that may be beneficial during a time of
crisis. Download the Special Needs Emergency Contact and Identifying Form and return it
to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department or mailed to:McCracken Co. Sheriff's Dept.
ATTN: Det. Sarah Martin
301 South 6th Street
Paducah, KY 42003
Having this form in the CAD system could be a life-saving tool during a crisis. The more
information law enforcement has access to during a time of need, the better they can assist
your loved one and family.